The Latest: GOP stymies Senate ‘grand bargain’ revival
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois legislative budget negotiations (all times local):
Republicans cut short an attempt by Illinois Senate Democrats to recharge the “grand bargain” budget compromise with time running out on the legislative session.
The grand bargain is a package of legislation Senate leaders designed last winter to break what has become a two-year logjam on an annual spending plan.
But sticking points continue to be GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands for restrictions on workers’ compensation payouts and a permanent property tax freeze for homeowners.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago tried to call workers’ comp and tax-freeze legislation Rauner won’t accept. Republican Leader Chrstine Radogno (ruh-DOHN’-yoh) of Lemont (lih-MAHNT) declined to let her bills go up for a vote.
Cullerton says he can’t compromise on the bills further. Radogno says he has to and that the two sides are “very close.”
The Illinois Senate is plunging back into the “grand bargain” budget compromise with three weeks remaining in the legislative session.
The Senate voted 35-15 to give local governments flexibility on paying debts. It’s one of the few measures with bipartisan support in a package that’s supposed to help break a logjam on a state budget deal.
Chicago Democratic President John Cullerton wanted to call others, but Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont said they weren’t ready.
The state has gone two years without a budget. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats have tussled over a tax increase to battle a deficit while Rauner demands regulatory changes such as restrictions on workers’ compensation payouts and a freeze on local property taxes.
Radogno declined to call votes on the property tax freeze or workers’ comp.
The bill is SB10